Kovalam is an idyllic beach town in the city of Thirvunanthapuram in Kerala. True to its name which means ‘Grove of Trees’, Kovalam is dotted with Kerala’s iconic coconut palms. Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her palace here in the late 1920s. In the 1930s it was a popular tourist haunt for Europeans. In the early 1970s it again shot into the limelight as a part of the Hippie trail to Ceylon.
Places to Stay
Kovalam is a popular tourist destination being along the beach and there are numerous places where one can stay. These include Holiday Home (Rs 200), Deepak Hotel (Rs 400), Devi Holiday Inn (Rs 500), Green Valley Cottages (Rs 500) and the Sea Breeze Hotel (Rs 600).
The main language spoken here is Malayalam. However, large groups of people understand and speak Hindi and some do understand English.
The main festivals that are celebrated in Kovalam include the harvest festivals of Vishu (April) and Onam (August-September).
Places of Interest
Kovalam is mainly famous for its beaches of which the Samudra beach is quietest, mainly visited by local fishermen. Hawa beach is a little more popular, whilst the Lighthouse Beach or Vizhinjam beach is the most popular.
How to Get There
The closest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 13.4 km away.
The nearest railhead is at Kovalam Station which is about 13 km away from the beaches.
Kovalam is a part of Thiruvananthapuram city which is about 11 km away. There are regular bus services to Thiruvananthapuram from Bangalore run by reputed operators like Kallada Travels, KPN Travels and A1 Travels. Operators such as Jayanthi Travels, SRS Travels and SRM Transports make Kovalam accessible from Chennai. There are a number of bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com from where you will get good offers and discounts while booking your tickets.